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Artistic Expression

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Like love, art is indescribable – better defined as an act than as something that is.
Here, a potter, a painter, a sculptor and an organization not only create art, but also define it.

Brian Hayes – The Potter

“All potters know a little bit about Japanese history, since the oldest pottery in the world is Japanese,” says Brian Hayes, who has taken that truth a bit farther in combining his own pottery work with a love of Japanese culture and history.

Hayes’ love of pottery and interest in Japanese history have always been intertwined. He has a master’s degree in Japanese aesthetics, art and philosophy, and has traveled to Japan four times, including a trip in the early 90s to work with a young Japanese potter.

While most of Hayes’ work is 70 percent functional and fired in gas-burning kilns, he also has two Japanese-style wood kilns on his five-acre property in Coloma. He is currently involved in helping raise money for the purchase of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony location at Gold Hill, next to his property, by donating Japanese tea bowls fired in either his gas-burning kilns or traditional wood-burning kilns for contributors of $500 and $1,000. It was the first Japanese colony in the United States, established in 1869.

The Wakamatsu Project centers on the life of Okei Ito, a young woman who died on the property shortly after its establishment. Hayes created a tea bowl to honor Okei’s life with the symbol for woman carved into its surface.

An assistant professor at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, Hayes manages to spend enough time doing the things he truly loves – making pottery, working on his farm with his wife and fishing.

He holds two annual shows at his studio, and advertises them through his mailing list. To get on the list, e-mail him at [email protected]

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